Opinion: One year down, a mixed bag of results for Fiji’s coalition

Military Commander Jone Kalouniwai shows his support, as Rabuka ends the year with a visit to the army headquarters in Suva (Photo: Government of Fiji/Facebook)

When Sitiveni Rabuka narrowly won the parliamentary vote to become Fiji Prime Minister a year ago on Christmas Eve 2022, his position looked extremely precarious. With only a one-seat majority, the new coalition government seemed unlikely to survive a full four-year term. In January 2023, defiant press conferences by outgoing Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama and a public statement by the military commander that was critical of the new government for transgressing the ‘separation of powers’ suggested that the People’s Alliance Party-led government might be nipped in the bud. 

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